Tips for Nijmegen mini-bus and coach tourism

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What to see and visit on your day trip or tour in Nijmegen with a rented bus

Do you enjoy you bus tour through Nijmegen? Do not forget to visit following special places and buildings.

The muZIEum

The muZIEum has been nominated as "The Cutest daytrip´ in Gelderland. MuZIEum is a museum in Nijmegen. It will give visitors information about living with visual disabilities. It is an experience museum about seeing and not seeing. You will live for one day like a blind person. Ask for your group an official guided tour in Dutch or English.

Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen

Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen  credit: Carole Raddato CC BY-SA 2.0

Valkhofpark

The Valkhofpark is the oldest park in Nijmegen and one of the oldest city parks in the Netherlands. It is a romantic place with lots of green, beautiful statue´s and great views. The Par is located at the riverside, downtown , close the Waal bridge. Also Valkhof museumis located at this place. Valkhof Museum has a large and important collection of Roman archeology. Right in front of the Museum is a parking place where the bus driver could park the bus.

Valkhof park on Queen's Day, Nijmegen

Valkhof park on Queen's Day, Nijmegen credit: Daniel Farrell CC BY-SA 2.0

Grote markt (Big market)

The center of Nijmegen is not big and a bit unclear. The central point is a square in the center, called the Grote Markt. The square is cosy with nice terraces, it is simple and elegant with well-preserved historic buildings and several cafés. The square gives you a authentic Dutch feeling. The Big market is a short walk away from the Waal and the main shopping area. The driver of the coach could take a break. He or she could enjoy a cup of tea in one of the many cafes which are located on this square.

Grote Markt, Nijmegen

Grote Markt, Nijmegen credit: m.a.r.c. CC BY-SA 2.0

National Bicycle Museum Velorama

The Netherlands is famous because of the bicycles. All locals are using a bicycle for transportation. In all the cities of the Netherlands you can see hundreds of people using a bike for going to work, school and the supermarket. The National Bicycle Museum Velorama is the only bicycle museum in the Netherlands. It contains a large collection of bikes from many years ago. The first cycle, which is made in 1800 can be seen. The museum is located at the waalkade.

Shopping

Nijmegen is nice for shopping. You will find extensive and varied shops. In the beautiful historic town you will find unique shops. If the weather is nice, a lot of people will enjoy having a drink at one of the nice terraces. That will give the city character. Especially in the big market are a lot of people enjoying some drinks on the terraces. The shopping center is almost every day open.

Sprookjes beelden centrum Kleve Kleef

Sprookjes beelden centrum Kleve Kleef credit: David van der Mark CC BY-SA 2.0

Good food and specialties of Nijmegen

Mariken Bread

Nijmegen has a lot of specialties, but one thing you will always found here is the Mariken Bread. This is a raisin bread with cream. Mariken van Nimwegen. was the main character in a 16th century theatre. In the story Mariken did a lot of wrong thing. Finally she asks forgiveness. She got three iron rings around her neck and arms. After years of penance, the rings fall off of her, her sins are forgiven her. She dies in peace. The round shape of this bread shows the iron rings that Mariken had hung around.

Restaurants in Nijmegen

Hemel Brew Pub and restaurant

The Hemel Brew

The Hemel Brew credit: calflier001 CC BY-SA 2.0

Bistro Flores

Flores Bistro is located close the Valkhof park. Everything is fresh and natural. They have limited quantities of everything. On a blackboard, you can see which dishes are still available and which are (almost) sold out. It is not possible to make a reservation, only if you are coming with a group.

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e fagioli is located at the Van Welderenstraat near the Emperor Charles Square. This restaurant has an Italian kitchen. Price level for this restaurant is low. Interior is nice. The tables are covered with tablecloths, napkins and lovely wine glasses.

Café In de Blauwe Hand

In the Blauwe Hand is located at the rear Hoofdwacht. This street is centrally located in the city center. In de Blauwe Hand is the oldest pub in Nijmegen. Inside it is small and cozy. There is a large selection of beers. You could also have dinner, lunch of some snacks. They use a lot of products from the region. That makes the food fresh and healthy.

About tourism in the province of Gelderland

Gelderland can be seen as the largest and greenest province in the Netherlands. Arnhem is the capital of Gelderland , but Nijmegen is the largest city. The area has a lot to offer for tourists. Because of the vast nature, Gelderland has a large network of cycling and walking routes. Except the beautiful nature, Gelderland also offers the opportunity to visit Nijmegen. This is the oldest city in the Netherlands. If you love culture, you could also visit a lot of attractions. For example the Valkhof Museum (Nijmegen), Kröller-Müller Museum ( Hoge Veluwe National Park) Dolphinarium (Harderwijk) Apenheul ( Apeldoorn), Burgers' Zoo and the Open Air Museum in Arnhem.

Rivier de 'Korne' en Stadswal - Buren

Rivier de 'Korne' en Stadswal - Buren credit: Frans Berkelaar CC BY-SA 2.0

Business tourism in Gelderland

The province of Gelderland is a destination for conferences and seminars. Several cities has a lot to offer for business tourism. A good option is Arnhem Regards WTC. This is a training location. The decor is modern, hip and colorful. The location is nearby the train station. The WTC has 20 meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 70 people. In total, there will be space for 1400 visitors.


Another good option is the Emperor Charles Venues. This is located in the center of Nijmegen. This location is available for corporate parties, conference, courses, lunch, Seminar, Training, Workshops, Congress, Dining and meetings. The Emperor Charles podia’s are easily accessible by public transport and car. In total, there are eight meeting rooms with a total capacity of 2200 visitors.

What to see and do in Gelderland

Gelderland can be seen as the largest and greenest province in the Netherlands. The area has a lot to offer for tourists. Gelderland has a large network of cycling and walking routes. Except the beautiful nature, Gelderland also offers the opportunity to visit Nijmegen. This is the oldest city in the Netherlands.

The International Four Days March

The International Four Days Marches Nijmegen is the largest walking event in the world. It is organized every year in July. Participants daily walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometers, depending on their age and gender. Participants are generally public, but there are also several thousand military participants. The default categories are: 30 km x 4 days (seniors), 40 km x 4 days (For women and military) 50 km x 4 days (for men and optional for women).

Transportation options to and from Nijmegen

Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands. For Dutch standards Nijmegen has a real ‘southern’ atmosphere.

Nijmegen has the greatest diversity of shops in the Netherlands and a massif choice of restaurants. Nijmegen is also a student city. After graduating most students refuse to leave the town make real efforts to stay.

Nijmegen, railway station

Nijmegen, railway stationcredit: Michielverbeek CC BY-SA 3.0

Tours around Nijmegen

The website Tours By Locals provides guided tours. These can be booked. Nijmegen is an old Roman town. The tour will show the historical relics, Roman roads, Roman under floor, heating and building materials. Tours are also organized to Valkhof Museum. This museum has the best collection of Roman antiquities.

Kronenburgerpark Nijmegen
Kronenburgerpark Nijmegencredit: FaceMePLS CC BY 2.0

Nijmegen walking city tours

The Tourist Office of Nijmegen offers a historic walk to the center of Nijmegen. This walk will take you back in time life in Nijmegen around 1520. Nijmegen had city gates, markets, inns, castles and town almshouses. Some of this is still visit able.

The Tourist Office of Nijmegen offers also three bike rides. These three trips will take about one hour each. These tours can be booked at the Tourist Office; the office is located at the Keizer Karel Square.
Northern Route "Over and behind the dike," This will show you Oosterhout and Lent.
Southern Route "along parks from the past until now '
Route South. This route will show you the South of Nijmegen. You will cycle through the parks, estates and along the Maas-Waal.
Route Centre 'Around the old city. Will show you the old city centre of Nijmegen. In the first kilometers you will climb on the lateral moraine. After, you will ride close the green. Then ride your bike along the green edges of the town.

Cargo bike festival in Nijmegen

Cargo bike festival in Nijmegen credit: Steven Vance CC BY 2.0

Nightlife in Nijmegen

After a day of culture, do you want to join the nightlife of Nijmegen? Nijmegen has a lot to offer. Molenstraat is the name of the street where the most of the bars are located. This street is also in the center. A few of nice pubs in Molenstraat are Stretto , Cafe van Buren and De drie gezusters.

Stretto : The atmosphere in this pub is cozy. The most of the people knows each other. You don’t have to pay entrance, but minimum age of 18 years is required. In general, most of the songs are karaoke songs. The Stretto will be open on Saturday from 19:00 to 04:00 o'clock.

De drie gezusters: This bar consists of three separate bars, De Grote Griet, Heidi’s Skihut and De Drie Gezusters. For De drie gezusters entrance of €3,- is required. The entrance provides access to the three cafes. De drie gezusters is open on Saturday from 18:00 until 04:00 o'clock.
Cafe van Buuren: This cafe is available for lunch in the afternoon and is open on Saturday until from 12:00 until 04:00 o'clock.

Heidi’s Skihut

Heidi’s Skihut credit: Daniel Farrell CC BY-SA 2.0

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